Unique solar-powered home in Scotland functions like a Rubik’s cube

January 6, 2017 by  
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This unusual corner house that architect Richard Murphy designed for himself combines sustainable technology with modernist design. Located at the junction of two Edinburgh estates developed in the 1820’s, the design creatively responds to the area’s planning contradictions with an multi-functional residence with a rich material palette. Ten years after the architect first contacted the owner of this lot in the eastern Edinburgh New Town, he finally received planning permission in 2007, but soon had to halt the development again due to the recession. The laborious process has finally resulted in a spacious, three-bedroom residence Glenn Murcutt called “A Rubik’s cube”, referring to its complexity and mechanical features. The front façade continues the stonework pattern of the street façade, with the entire structure featuring a combination of glass blocks, steel, burnt timber and lead. This introduction of bespoke design solutions and materiality reference Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre in Paris that featured an abundance of custom-made steel elements and moving mechanisms. Related: Architect Miguel Rivera’s Daylit Residence in Austin is a Renovated 1917 Bungalow Photovoltaic cells are installed on the south facing monopitch roof, while two giant mechanized shutters in the living room and the master bedroom allow the glass to generate heat for the house when open, but prevent it radiating heat when closed. Most of the windows have insulated shutters which slide or pivot. An automated internal air circulation system takes warm air from the top of the house to the basement to counteract the stack effect. Rainwater is funneled to grey-water storage tanks in the basement and used to flush toilets and supply the sprinkler system . + Richard Murphy Architects Via World Architecture News

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The new Nissan Leaf will be able to drive autonomously on the highway

January 6, 2017 by  
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With the arrival of electric cars like the Chevy Bolt and the upcoming Tesla Model 3 , the Nissan Leaf hasn’t received the attention that it did when it first went on sale at the end of 2010. Nissan is getting ready to bring the spotlight back on the Leaf with an all-new model set to launch in the “near future.” While we’ve heard reports about a much longer driving range, Nissan’s CEO has also confirmed that the next Leaf will be able to drive autonomously on the highway. Without going into to too much detail, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show that the next-generation Leaf will feature the automaker’s new ProPILOT technology. Related: Nissan’s next-generation Leaf prototype can drive over 310 miles on a single charge “At Nissan, from the beginning, we work to bring the right technologies for the full spectrum of our vehicles and the most amount of people,” said Ghosn in his keynote. “This takes more than innovation. It takes ingenuity. And it’s exactly what we deliver through Nissan Intelligent Mobility.” Nissan’s autonomous driving technology, called “Seamless Autonomous Mobility,” or SAM has been co-developed with NASA. The technology partners in-vehicle artificial intelligence with human support to help autonomous vehicles make decisions in unpredictable situations. According to Nissan, the technology could potentially enable millions of driverless cars to co-exist with human drivers on an accelerated timeline. Ghosn also confirmed that Nissan is working with Microsoft to build the next generation of connected car technologies. Although Nissan says that the next Leaf will arrive in the near future, we don’t have an actual confirmed date. + Nissan All images @ Nissan

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The WaterDrop tote bag helps you save 1000 liters of water every year

December 30, 2015 by  
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WaterDrop is a folding watering tote bag that saves more than 250 gallons of shower water each year. WaterDrop collects the water we waste every day while we wait for hot water to come out of the shower. You can reuse it afterwards for plants thanks to its folding watering can design. The bag collects up to a gallon of water each time to you shower, which you can then use around the house. The idea was successfully funded on Kickstarter and you can get your hands on one for a special early-adopter price right now. + WaterDrop

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Ohio State University’s Solar Pod House Plants the Seed of Sustainable Design

May 3, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Ohio State University’s Solar Pod House Plants the Seed of Sustainable Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: COSI , eco demonstration house , eco micro house , green demonstration house , grey water , integrated house design , miro house , off-grid , Ohio green building , OSU building , solar house , solar thermal

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Senza Bike Lock Renders Handlebars Useless to Bike Thieves

May 3, 2011 by  
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The only thing better than deterring a bike thief altogether is watching him wobble away on a bike without the benefit of handlebars to steer his escape. That’s what Jaryn Miller ‘s Senza Bicycle promises — the lock is an integrated part of the bike that also serves as the handlebars, so when it is broken the function of the bike itself is compromised. Read the rest of Senza Bike Lock Renders Handlebars Useless to Bike Thieves Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , green bike , green transportation , Jaryn Miller , Senza bike lock

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Supercharged Honda Mugen CR-Z Hybrid to Debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

May 3, 2011 by  
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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is mostly about, well, speed, but fans of the British festival of all things automotive are anticipating that a new Honda hybrid will be at the event — and it will have plenty of power. These sketches of the Honda Mugen CR-Z hybrid show a supercharged , hybrid hatchback with nearly 200 horsepower – hit the jump for more details! Read the rest of Supercharged Honda Mugen CR-Z Hybrid to Debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , Goodwood Festival of Speed , green automotive design , green transportation , Honda hybrid , Honda Mugen CR-Z Hybrid

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